05/27/15 4:10pm

Vote Here

This spring, the Alexandria City Council approved two precinct changes that will take effect for the June 9 Primary Election.

This action was based on recommendations from the Alexandria Electoral Board and affects about 4,500 voters across three City precincts, Durant Center (1605 Cameron St.), Fire Department Headquarters (900 Second St.), and St. James Church (5000 Echols Ave.):

Addition of a new precinct with Charles Houston Recreation Center as the polling location.

  • A new precinct, Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.), was added in the Old Town area to absorb the population growth near Braddock Metro. The Charles Houston precinct was created from the center of Fire Department Headquarters and Durant Center precincts. This map shows the boundaries for the new Charles Houston precinct.

Hermitage to replace St. James United Methodist Church as a polling location.

  • The Hermitage (5000 Fairbanks Ave.) will replace St. James as a polling place with no change to precinct boundaries. Voting will take place in the Multipurpose Auditorium on the lower level of the Hermitage. The most direct access to this voting room is from Fillmore Avenue (off of North Beauregard Street).

Residents who are affected by one of these changes were recently mailed an updated voter card and information about their new polling location.

The new citywide 2015 Precinct Map is posted at this link (PDF).

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050.

05/27/15 3:22pm
Eisenhower East Block 20

Image via City of Alexandria

The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is an extension of development time for a ‘new’ office building project in Eisenhower East at 2200 Mill Road. As readers will remember, this project was part of the Eisenhower Gateway project before the economic climate for new office development took a downturn in Alexandria. This project will consist of two 15-story office buildings totaling 585,000 square feet and 737 parking spaces, the bulk of which are in a below-grade parking garage.

The project has since been sold and the developer is looking to gain approval for  an extension to the date of expiration of a previously approved Development Special Use Permit (DSUP #2012-0003) and an amendment to update various conditions to construct a commercial office building including previous SUP approval for increased penthouse height and additional penthouses; and B) an extension to the date of expiration of a previously approved Transportation Management Plan SUP (SUP #2012-0065) and an amendment to update various conditions.

Readers may remember that the developer recently demolished the existing American Truckers Association building, which has been vacant for several years, in order to pave the way for future office development on the site.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report).

05/27/15 2:58pm
West End Transitway

Image via City of Alexandria

As you may or may not know, Alexandria, Virginia is planning a new bus rapid transit corridor in the West End of Alexandria. Like the Route 1 Transitway,  the West End Transitway will have dedicated lanes for buses. This transitway will run along Van Dorn and Beauregard streets, connecting the Van Dorn Metro station to both the Shirlington Transit Center and the Pentagon. You can see an overview of the project at this link.

The City of Alexandria’s West End Transitway Policy Advisory Group is holding its fifth public meeting on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Mark Center, located at 5708 Merton Court in Alexandria, Virginia.  The West End Transitway Alternatives Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) is an analysis of transportation, land use, and environmental conditions along the corridor.  The AA/EA is a required step towards applying for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding.

The meeting is open to the public, and will provide PAG members an update on the Project Schedule, Environmental Assessment, and Conceptual Engineering.

For more information, visit the project website at this link or contact Allan Fye, Principal Transportation Planner at 703.746.4151.

05/27/15 2:38pm

An extraordinary home for sale in the Potomac Greens neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 1860 Carpenter Road

This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhouse is for sale and located at 1860 Carpenter Road in the Potomac Greens neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Open house THIS Sunday!

Via the listing

CHARMING ALL BRICK CORNER LOT TH – 3BR & 2.5 BA IN PRISTINE COMMUNITY OF POTOMAC GREENS. OLD TOWNER MODEL -ONLY ONE W TERRACE, DESIGNER TOUCHES THROUGHOUT. DATA HARD WIRED, SOUND SYSTEM, MASTER BR W/ WIC, GORGEOUS KITCHEN W/GRANITE & ADDITIONAL CABINETS UNDER KIT ISLAND, REC ROOM WITH GAS FP, OPEN FLOOR PLAN, NATURAL LIGHT,OAK STAIRCASE W/ IRON SPINDLES, CUSTOM LIGHT FIXTURES. MUST SEE!!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Looking for a home for rent or for sale in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to search our real estate listings.

If you have a home to sell or to rent in the Alexandria, Virginia area, consider putting it in front of the areas FASTEST growing audience. Click this link for details.

05/27/15 1:37pm

Taste of Del Ray is back in 2015, and yummier than ever.

On Sunday, June 7, Over eighteen neighborhood restaurants will be bringing their best  food forth at  the 7th Annual Taste of Del Ray, at 2401 Mount Vernon Avenue at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Oxford Avenues. The participants are competing in the outdoor competition that will name the 2015 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and can cast their votes in the lot behind the United Bank at 2401 Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

The festival occurs from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and includes LIVE music.

(more…)

05/27/15 1:11pm
lightning

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the City of Alexandria and the surrounding area until 7:00 PM this evening, Wednesday May 27, 2015.

REMINDER:  A watch does not necessarily mean that severe weather is actually occurring, only that atmospheric conditions have created a significant risk for severe weather to occur.

NWS

 

05/27/15 12:49pm
Aldi Grocery Store at 4580 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia (Going WB on Duke Street)

Image via City of Alexandria

The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is the new Aldi Food Market, which is looking to replace the old Tres Hermanas restaurant at 4580 Duke Street in Alexandria.

ALDI is asking for a development special use permit and site plan with modifications to construct a grocery store including a special use permit request for a parking reduction that would allow them to have less parking on their property than required by current zoning law. ALDI is making the argument that their stores do not need as much parking because people are in and out of ALDI’s much more quickly than other grocery stores. By recommending approval of the project, City staff believes that the parking standards are out of date as well.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report & site plan).